Thursday, 23 January 2014 09:30

MLTR’s Kare Wanscher to aspiring musicians: Find another job

Find out why the Michael Learns To Rock drummer would discourage young folks from joining the music business


Text: Tammi Tan
Photos: UnUsUaL Entertainment

MLTR’s Kare Wanscher to aspiring musicians: Find another job

It’s been over 25 years since Danish trio Michael Learns To Rock (MLTR) won the talent competition that helped kick-start their career, and today, the band is still going strong. They released their eighth record Scandinavia in 2012, and next month, they will be back in Singapore for a concert at the Singapore Expo, five years after their last stop on our sunny island.

“We’re fortunate to have so many great fans in Asia who keep asking us to come back, and that’s why we’ve been able to stay together for so long,” said drummer Kare Wanscher in a phone interview with xinmsn from Denmark (band mates Jascha Richter and Mikkel Lentz were “probably sleeping”, as it was his turn to handle the press). “Without them we would be nothing.”

And these supporters will be happy to know that “as long as we can walk”, MLTR will be touring and performing for them.

Folks attending the February 22 showcase can look forward to a nostalgic treat, as the group has prepared beloved classics such as ‘The Actor’, ‘Sleeping Child, ‘Paint My Love’ and ‘25 Minutes’. There will also be fresher tracks from the latest album. But at the end of the day, whether they perform your favourite 90s hit or a single from recent records, it’ll be all about having a party.

“Everyone will have the chance to sing along and interact with us,” Kare assured. “We appreciate the connection we feel with the audience.”

When asked if there’s a particular song he’s excited to play, Kare said that it’s never about the track itself, but how concertgoers react to it. And it’s always hard to tell which one will be the star of the night.

MLTR’s Kare Wanscher to aspiring musicians: Find another job

Left to right: Kare, Jascher and Mikkel.

In addition to the concert, there are plans to go shopping and see the sights, if their tight schedule permits – especially since they will be bringing their children, who have never been to Singapore, along.

“I’m sure something new has popped up since we were there,” Kare said, singing praises of his last visit to “amazing” Little India. (Psst: We think we piqued his interest when we mentioned Universal Studios, so if you’re lucky, you might spot him there!)

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